About The Circle Cinema

The Moor Pool estate is a garden suburb of about 500 houses in Harborne, which lies four miles from Birminghams city centre. The estate was created along the lines of the Arts and Crafts movement just over 100 years ago. Since its inception, it has thrived on community activities that today include various sports clubs and societies, many of which are run in its two community halls, both having been recently purchased as a result of a fundraising campaign by local residents. However despite having its own well established theatre company, the Moorpool Players, the estate never had its own society dedicated to film. This was addressed last year, when a group of residents got together to form The Circle Cinema, based at the Moor Pool Hall at the heart of our community.

Moor Pool Hall

A working party looked into the viability, covering equipment, premises and legalities and on October 27th 2015, The Circle Cinema was formally established, a committee formed, banking facilities opened and constitution adopted. It is membership based with each member receiving discounted ticket prices and a vote in the choice of films. It was always our intention to own our own equipment, and this started with donations of a surplus amplifier, speakers and dvd player and loan of a projector to get us started when in February 2016 Jim Tucker took the initiative (and did the hard work) of entering us into a competition run by BFI and Saville Audio Visual which we won. The prize comprised of a complete package of projection and sound equipment, which we have already put to the test for our practice run.

Test screening

This enabled us, as the saying goes, to hit the ground running with an inaugural film festival in June 2016. Take a look at our Gallery for some pictures from the festival.

The Committee for 2018/19 are:

  • Chair: Andrew Hackett
  • Treasurer: Eloise Lewis
  • Nigel Bartram
  • Andrew Herborn
  • Norma Mason
  • Maureen Mauser
  • Jim Tucker
  • Janet Culley-Tucker
  • Keith Winkley